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UMD-Winter: Costa Rica: Marketing and Sustainability in Costa Rica (BMGT)

San Jose, Costa Rica
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Rachel McCloud
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A colorful city with a mountain
The course explores how sustainable practices have achieved a carbon-neutral footprint in Costa Rica. We will examine the marketing strategy and tactics of local companies and multinational enterprises across a range of industries including agriculture, energy, and ecotourism. Costa Rica is uniquely positioned for a short-term study abroad immersion experience. San Jose is a contemporary city with several Fortune 100 companies like HP, Proctor and Gamble, Amazon, Dole, and Boston Scientific operating here. Ecotourism thrives in Costa Rica as visitors explore the quarter of the country dedicated to national parks and a country home to six percent of the world’s biodiversity. The country, approximately the size of West Virginia, is easily traversed with modern infrastructure.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • BMGT458V Global Marketing

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students will stay in shared accommodations in hotels.

All cost information represents costs for Winter 2024.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International ScholarshipOnline applications will open in mid-August and are due Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.

Application Fee $25
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $700
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $55
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This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
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*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Mary Beth Furst and Roxanne Lefkoff are the directors for this program.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact the Center for Global Business.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities (subject to change):

  • San Jose city and food tour
  • Poas Volcano National Park and La Paz Waterfall Garden day trip
  • Coffee farm visit
  • Welcome and Goodbye Dinners
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023 01/02/2024 01/11/2024